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abbreviation or noun

: a statistic that combines a hitter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage
Trout is on track for a third season with an OPS greater than .950. Only two players had three such years through their age-22 season: Ted Williams (1939-41) and Jimmie Fox (1928-30), neither of whom played defense or ran like Trout.Tom Verducci
During that span he averaged 29 home runs and hit .301 with a .922 OPS, numbers rarely witnessed at his position …Ben Reiter
One formula used more and more for comparing the greatest hitters ever is adding the on-base and slugging percentages, which produces a statistic called OPS. Agreed upon by baseball analysts and statisticians alike, OPS … paints the most complete picture of how a hitter dominates his era.Kenneth Shouler


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: the Roman goddess of abundance and the wife of Saturn

Examples of OPS in a Sentence

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In 2009, Mauer led the American League in batting average and on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, 20 Jan. 2024 Finished with a comfortable khaki and black ballistic rubber strap, the Freak [ONE OPS] ($66,500) is a welcome addition to a groundbreaking line, and one of the clear standout releases of Dubai Watch Week. Oren Hartov, Robb Report, 24 Nov. 2023 His slash line after 144 games is .248/.315/.388 with a .703 OPS. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2023 Ryan O’Hearn, a castoff from Kansas City, and Cedric Mullins, an outfielder who survived the rebuild, both came through in the 11th to win the game. O’Hearn is among the Orioles’ leaders in OPS in his first season with the club after spending the past few as a bench bat for the lowly Royals. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 For the season, Devers is up to .276 with an .876 OPS. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 In the playoffs against the Mets and Dodgers, Soto’s OPS dipped to .718 and .485. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 Roller, 26, hit .222 with 12 home runs and 47 runs batted in while compiling an OPS of .786 in 92 games at Class AAA Columbus this season. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2023 Since his big-league debut in 2016, he's hit .240 with 176 HRs and 450 RBIs, with an OPS of .782. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, 1 Sep. 2023
Spec Ops: The Line’s development was notoriously difficult. Megan Farokhmanesh, WIRED, 12 Feb. 2024 How Hip Hop Changed The World, Inside Our Autistic Minds, Planet Earth III, The Coronation of King Charles III, Silent Witness, and Black Ops. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Feb. 2024 Over the weekend, Brickley compiled a list championing 10 musicians he’s trained with and watched play pick-up on New York City’s West Side as part of his Black Ops Basketball sessions. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 23 Jan. 2024 In addition to his work on the Black Ops games, Picardo also joined the ranks of Star Trek actors hired by Bethesda for a game appearance. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, 4 Dec. 2023 To receive the one-time dose, 30 Special Ops veterans traveled to a treatment site in Mexico where ibogaine use is unregulated. Dr. Angela Zhang, ABC News, 5 Jan. 2024 Shuttle drivers ferry scientists along icy roads maintained by the roaring tractors of the Fleet Ops crew. Elizabeth Endicott, Scientific American, 19 Dec. 2023 The joint venture also includes partnerships with other Asian companies including Screen Ops (HK), Fly Entertainment, Causeway Media Productions and IAmCasting. Patrick Frater, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 Every day spent was a note of thanks to our men and women in the military and Special Ops. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Abbreviation or noun

on-base percentage + slugging average


Latin Opis, personified and deified abstraction from the common noun op-, *ops "power, ability, wealth, resources" — more at opus

Note: Nominative Ops is a post-classical restoration, as such a form in unattested in classical Latin.

First Known Use

Abbreviation Or Noun

1999, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of OPS was in the 14th century

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“OPS.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/OPS. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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